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The wrestling legend Bob "Hardcore" Holly tells all in this autobiography that chronicles his journey from fighting in bars for money to the bright lights of the World Wrestling Federation. Holly reveals how he took more body slams and clotheslines outside the ring than in and that long before he was known as "Hardcore Holly", he had an unquenchable passion for professional wrestling.

Ultimately, Holly would hold the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hardcore Championship seven times, the WWE Tag Team Championship three times, and the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Championship once. But in the midst of his career achievements was a roller coaster of success and frustration, and Holly reveals the plethora of missed opportunities and broken promises that marked his road to television stardom. Replete with fast motorcycles, faster cars, wrestling bears, betrayal, and lost love, Holly shares his uncompromised view of his past and the current state of professional wrestling.

©2013 Bob Howard and Ross Williams (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Better than expected, expectations were high.

The narrator spoke clearly and was not monotone, by any means. The story was great. As others have noted, after reading this, I also felt bad as Hardcore was shafted by the WWE many times but he stayed loyal to Vince & Co. Hardcore was very entertaining in his storytelling and recalled events in his past with great detail. I had a feeling this was going to be good, but it was better than I anticipated! Great book, Hardcore!

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One Of The Best Pro Wrestling Audiobooks Available

I grew up watching professional wrestling in the early 1990s, and I still watch it today. Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, Bob Holly was a fixture in the WWE. His character changed from race-car-driver "Sparky Plugg," to Hardcore Holly — a no-nonsense wrestler during the "Attitude Era," when wrestling was more popular than ever. The Hardcore Truth is Bob Holly's autobiography, and the audiobook version is an Audible Original. The narrator does an excellent job of delivering the content in a direct and impactful way. What I found most interesting about The Hardcore Truth is that Bob spills the beans on anyone and everyone. He dishes dirt on everyone from Triple H to Diamond Dallas Page, with no reservations. I went into this audiobook respecting Bob Holly's work, and I left it feeling like I knew the man behind the wrestler. He's been called a bully and tough to work with, and I can see why people might think that. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of the WWE from the 1990s and 2000s, there's a lot to enjoy in The Hardcore Truth. It's a tell-all book from someone who was there for Owen Hart's death, the Chris Benoit double-murder-suicide, and other fascinating, and sometimes grim, milestones in wrestling. It's one of the best pro wrestling audiobooks available, and I highly recommend checking it out.

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Huge respect for the Man Hardcore Holly

This was a great wrestling book full of great stories. I have a huge deal of respect after hearing this book. My only regret is wishing I could of saw him wrestle at a live event. It's a shame they never pushed him to his potential because I know he would of got over. His heart and passion for the business would of gotten him over alone. I've been watching his matches on the WWE network lately. I hope to see him again in the WWE doing something with them because he deserves it.

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I do like you now

enjoyed the book and the very honest opinions and views on his career and the wrestling business.

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Shocking

I had no idea that Bob Holly had such great stories to tell! 5 stars for this book and much needed respect for a man that should have won the world championship

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This was awesome!!

This was such an amazing book, it was a great perspective to hear from someone who for nearly his entire career was a mid-carder. The perspective of that was cool to hear and the weighting was great as well as the reader. Definitely changes the way you look at him and made me want to o back and watch all of the events he describes in the book. Just a genuine down to earth loyal hard worker who never really got the shots he deserved but never held any grudges. I definitely recommend this book if you even have a passing knowledge of wrestling.

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I like hardcore Holly

if you're a fan of the wrestling business and you had a chance to look over Sean Oliver's Kayfabe series this book might be for you especially if you like the jobbers in WWE

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Well...maybe Bob Holly isn't a dick after all.

I was hesitant to make this purchase on Audible. I've always kept up closely with the business side of professional wrestling over the years- even moreso than the entertainment side. So, through that aspect, I had always read about what a jerk Bob Holly is and how stiff he worked. I remember the Matt Cappotelli story like it was yesterday. That ultimately sealed the deal for me. From then on, I viewed Bob Holly as a dick. But listening to this book gave me an entirely new perspective. Bob isn't a jerk. In fact, he was the consummate professional of his craft. I had never considered he was simply protecting the business and testing guys that in all likelihood didn't really "want it." As I was listening to this book, I thought back about all the damn good matches that I saw with this man. And holy crap, can you name another worker that persevered quite like Hardcore Holly? This guy put over EVERYBODY and kept waiting for his rightful place at the table. Sadly, it never came. In the end, Bob Holly didn't give up. Rather, he let go. God, this was such a great listen. Thanks for the great story, Bob.

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My new favorite wrestling autobiography.

This is my new favorite wrestling autobiography. I was always a fan of Bob Holly and never understood why he never got a decent push. Now I know why.

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Incredible!!!

Love wrestling and listened to many audio books. Not a fan of Hardcore Holly but had a 70% off Black Friday sale, so bought the book. Never thought I would say this, but the Absolute BEST wrestling audio book I ever listened to. A+

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  • 04-19-16

Pleasantly Surprised

I wasn't sure I'd like this as I never had a strong opinion of Hardcore Holly either way. But I really enjoyed this book.

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  • 04-22-22

one of if not the best wrestling biography

Bob Holly's story is fantastic. a great listen. very well narrated. 10/10. Bob is one of the greats

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  • Shane canning
  • 12-14-21

very good read from sparky plug

very good listen from.sparky plug very honest and is one tough guy and underated wrestler

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  • BD Ashby
  • 04-17-21

A great story

I’ve read plenty of wrestling autobiographies this is without doubt one of the very best. A straight talking hard working guy truly deserves his happy ever after.

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  • Reviewer #2
  • 01-31-21

Great listen

Sentiment seems to be that this is one of the best books about pro wrestling out there, and it's spot on. This is hard to stop once you've started. Of course there's the early life bio stuff you can skip but everything wrestling-related is great. The narrator's voice is very easy to listen to as well. Would strongly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-20

A MUST for any wrestling fan

Addictively readable. I only have two criticisms 1) I would have like more detailed/in depth chapters. Some of them seem quite short considering Bob was witness to some of the most interesting incidents and periods in WWE. 2) I wish Bob had read this himself.

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  • Hillyno8
  • 09-23-20

enjoyable wrestling book

I was excited to listen to this book. It's well written with some great stories, although you get the impression there are two sides to most of them.

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  • Francis Dalton
  • 08-29-20

fantastic

Bob Holly what a legendary man. Happy I stumbled upon this now. One of the greatest of all time in my eyes.

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  • andrew mccarthy
  • 08-04-20

Excellent listen for wrestling fans from the 90s

Always loved hardcore holly from when he was wrestling in the 90s. Great story telling with a lot of behind the scenes information

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  • Miss Michelle L Murphy
  • 07-23-20

Awesome listen

I loved every bit of this book, listened to it a couple of times as there is a lot to take in. It is such an honest book as well. Highly recommend

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  • 04-25-22

How don’t you like him now..!

Another review said this was one of the best wrestling biographies they’ve heard. I tend to agree. Great to hear from someone relatable and not often on the inside like the Kliq or big factions. Great stories, inside info, and history within this book. Would suggest it to anyone who loved the WWF/WWE.

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  • 10-05-21

Best wrestling bio

This is the best wrestling biography I have listened to or read bar none. Thanks Bob.

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  • 07-26-21

Hardcore as it should be.

Anyone who likes wrestling in general, especially the attitude and ruthless aggression eras should get this book.

Bob is a man’s man and tells it like it is.
I always liked his hardcore character but now I have a lot of respect for him as a real person.

The performance is good, I binged this book over 2 days.

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  • 02-04-20

can not recommend this book highly enough!!!

after reading and listening to a lot of wrestling books this is hands down my favourite, it's easy to tell WWE had nothing to do with publishing this book as Bob pulls no punches and tells it like it is while still giving credit where credit is due, he has no problem in putting over the in ring abilities of other wrestlers, even the ones who have wronged him. this book allows an excellent and detailed peak behind the curtain into the biggest wrestling company to ever exist told by a man who has seemingly seen it all, Bob comes across as extremely genuine and honest, no subject is off limits not even his thoughts on Chris Benoit. can't recommend this book enough, it is a must read for anyone who was a fan of the attitude and ruthless aggression eras.